Harrahan's third novel, Sanctuary, A Catalyst For Murder, is a fascinating sequel to Downsized, underscoring his reputation as a gifted storyteller.
Murder and political intrigue are front and center in the third entry of his legal thriller series featuring Boston P.I. Bill Coine.
A weekend getaway to Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains for Coine and his wife Jeanie ends badly when he follows the smell of death and finds a dead body hanging from a beam in the hotel room next door. The dead man is Fairlane Township's board of selectmen chairman responsible for the town's sanctuary ordinance protecting undocumented immigrants in the community.
For lovers of Coine's adventures, this is a must read.
In less than seventy-eight hours a harmless Boston bookie, Harold "Smokey" Goldman, is brutally murdered, a Brooklyn hit man, Joe Buscada, is found dead in an open grave in the Quincy Memorial Cemetery and Dan Riley, a prominent Boston trial attorney, is shot on the front steps of the John Adams Courthouse.
Are these events related? And if so, who is calling the shots? Is it the mob? Or is it a vicious vendetta stemming from Riley's distant past in Brooklyn?
Enter Detective Lieutenant Bill Coine, a relentless crime solver, who must contend with local politics and an international assassin known as the Scope. Coine, with the aid of the FBI, solves the case. But does it stop the killing?
"(Hanrahan) excels at moving the perspective among an assortment of characters... A commendable procedural, with a superlative protagonist and supporting cast... Readers will surely keep their eyes out for a Coine sequel." -Kirkus Review
Bradford Baxton III, is the CEO of Amalgamated Worldwide Enterprises. His ruthless acquisition policies earned him the title, "King of Downsizing."
His corrupt corporate empire begins to crumble when his Chief Financial Officer is brutally murdered. What follows is a deadly downsizing campaign at Amalgamated Worldwide Enterprises, leaving its top officers wondering who is next on the killer’s list.
Bill Coine, a retired Massachusetts State Police Detective Lieutenant, is lured out of retirement to investigate and soon solves the case. Or does he? What follows is an exciting and suspenseful story with clever twists and turns, and a surprise ending.
“(Hanrahan’s) first is a lively novel that displays his knowledge of the sights, sounds and characters of the city of Boston. Retired detective Bill Coine emerges as a believable streetwise sleuth called to solve a high profile murder mystery. A must read for mystery fans.”
- R. Beauregard, Hingham, MA